I can help you break down what is going on for you and together we can explore and work on specific areas you feel you would like to. Our sessions together will allow you time to express yourself in a safe, supportive and empathic environment, without the worry of upsetting others. With time, space and a feeling of really being heard, by a non-judgemental person, we can learn a lot more about ourselves. We can experience personal growth and development, which sometimes we thought was not possible.
Counselling is the process that helps us to understand ourselves better. This enables us to cope with the challenges that life throws at us. I feel that being able to talk freely about what is on your mind, can help you better understand what is going on for you in your life and help you to make sense of how it may be affecting you. It can give you a sense of relief, as we all know bottling our feelings up can, in the end, cause us more distress than we feel we can handle.
I have often found that many people find it difficult to identify with their thoughts and feelings. I believe that behind every feeling, we have a thought and it’s this process that leads to how we react to situations and people in our lives. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed and this can lead us to feel that we cannot cope. We can become stuck in cycles of behaviour that we may not be happy with or that we struggle to cope with.
Through talking and exploring, together we can find a new way of approaching your life and issues that you may be struggling with.
In essence, counselling is a place where you can be yourself without fear of being judged. Life is a challenging journey, but with more self-awareness and understanding you can start to find a new way to move forward. I am here to help you to achieve this.
I have worked with a wide range of clients including adults, young people and children.
I have experience working with: Anxiety, Anger Management, Assertiveness, Bullying, Emotional regulation, Gender Identity, Loneliness, Loss and Bereavement, Low mood, Low Self-esteem and Confidence, Passive-aggressive behaviour, Relationship issues, Self-harm, Separation and Divorce, Stress and Suicidal thoughts.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in counselling accredited by the NCS
Cruse Grief counselling training
Working with Children and Young People
Working with Creative techniques for Children/Young people/Adults
Working with Gestalt Techniques
I have a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate that allows me to work with children and young people.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling I deal with
We start with an initial session to explore your concerns. This first session is to help you to know that you have chosen the right therapist. The connection, rapport and trust between us are essential for you to feel comfortable, and allow me to help you to take the steps to help yourself.
The amount of sessions needed is not set, and is flexible with your needs in mind, and is totally within your hands.
The cost for a 50 minutes session is £40
Each counsellor is different with many varied ways of working. I have an integrative approach to counselling, working in a Person-Centred way, along with Psychodynamic and CBT techniques.
I am a fully insured qualified counsellor with a Diploma in counselling, which is accredited by the NCS (National Counselling Society). I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical guidelines. I also hold a DBS which enables me to work with Children and Young people
My therapy room is located in the rural village of Leighton Bromswold, with easy access from the A14. Bordering Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, the tranquil village is close to Kimbolton, Thrapston, Oundle, Sawtry and Huntingdon.